The Latest on the deadly plane fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport (all times local):

2:35 a.m.

A recent college graduate from Santa Fe, New Mexico, is among those killed when a Russian plane burst into flames during an emergency landing in Moscow.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Jeremy Brooks is being remembered as a fly-fishing expert by his former boss, Ivan Valdez, who owns The Reel Life fishing shop.

Valdez told reporters Monday that the 22-year-old Brooks had recently graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and was on his way to serve as a fishing guide in northwest Russia, his dream job.

The Russian airliner that took off Sunday from Moscow was airborne for 28 minutes before it returned for an emergency landing while still heavy with unburned fuel. The fuel ignited after a rough touchdown and flames quickly engulfed the aircraft, killing 41 of 78 people aboard.

The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)
The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

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2:25 p.m.

Russian media have quoted the pilot of the airliner that burst into flames during an emergency landing in Moscow as saying the plane was without radio communications because of a lightning strike.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Airflot Airlines, center, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Airflot Airlines, center, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Sunday’s fire killed 41 of the 78 people aboard the Aeroflot plane.

The plane had taken off for Murmansk in stormy weather, but quickly turned back for an emergency landing. The plane made a hard landing and flames erupted.

Pilot Denis Evdokimov was quoted as saying by Zvezda TV and the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that “because of lightning, we had a loss of radio communication.”

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

State TV quoted flight attendant Tatiana Kasatnika as saying “We took off, got into a cloud, there was strong hail, and at that moment there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity.”

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12:05 p.m.

Emergency service vehicles are parked at the entrance of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Emergency service vehicles are parked at the entrance of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia’s transportation minister says 41 bodies have been recovered from the burned wreckage of an Aeroflot plane at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Minister Yevgeny Dietrich also told reporters in a Monday briefing that six people who survived the disaster Sunday night have been hospitalized.

The plane, a Sukhoi SSJ100, caught fire while making an emergency landing at the airport, after turning back on a flight to Murmansk for unspecified reasons.

A relative of a victim reacts as she leaves a place where others are gathered at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A relative of a victim reacts as she leaves a place where others are gathered at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia’s Investigative Committee says the flight recorders from the plane have been recovered and that investigators are looking into inexperienced pilots, equipment failure and bad weather as possible causes for the disaster.

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11:50 a.m.

A relative of victims reacts as she leaves a place where others are gathered at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A relative of victims reacts as she leaves a place where others are gathered at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia’s main investigative body says both flight recorders have been recovered from the plane that caught fire while making an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, killing at least 40 people.

Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko was also quoted by Russian news agencies on Monday as saying investigators are looking into three main possibilities behind the cause of the disaster: insufficient pilot qualifications, equipment failure and weather.

Video on Russian TV showed the plane’s underside bursting into flames and spewing black smoke after making a hard landing Sunday night. Those who escaped leapt out of the plane down inflatable emergency slides and ran across the tarmac.

In this photo taken on Sunday, May 5, 2019, Dmitry Khlebushkin, one of the survivors of Aeroflot Flight RA-89098 to Murmansk speaks to journalists at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this photo taken on Sunday, May 5, 2019, Dmitry Khlebushkin, one of the survivors of Aeroflot Flight RA-89098 to Murmansk speaks to journalists at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Storms were passing through the Moscow area as when the Aeroflot SSJ100 regional jet caught fire during the emergency landing, after it turned back for unspecified reasons en route to Murmansk.

The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, center in the background, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, center in the background, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, center in the background, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, center in the background, is seen after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
People wait at Sheremetyevo International Airport in an area where others are gathered for news about passengers aboard an Aeroflot airliner that burst into flames while making an emergency landing at the airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
People wait at Sheremetyevo International Airport in an area where others are gathered for news about passengers aboard an Aeroflot airliner that burst into flames while making an emergency landing at the airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
This photo taken from a video distributed by Russian Investigative Committee on Monday, May 6, 2019, the wreckage of Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is seen in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia. (The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation via AP, File)
This photo taken from a video distributed by Russian Investigative Committee on Monday, May 6, 2019, the wreckage of Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is seen in Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia. (The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation via AP, File)

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